2018 Advisory Board

  • Walid Al-Akhdar PhD.

    Manager Regulatory and Government Affairs - Biologicals BASF

    Walid Al-Akhdar PhD. is a Bio Inorganic Chemist who has held a variety of positions with BASF,  among them being research, product development, and marketing. Now he is working as Manager of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Biologicals in the crop protection division responsible for registration.

  • José Carvalho, PhD

    Head of Business Development Crop Protection Knoell Group

    José Carvalho is Head of Business Development Crop Protection at Knoell Group. With his regional teams, José is looking after new regulatory policies and guidance development in the different regions, focusing on regulatory frameworks impacting agriculture productivity: plant protection products (chemical and non-chemical solutions) and new technologies. Previously he was an European and Global Registration Manager for crop protection and biocide products, coordinating active ingredient and product’s dossiers for approval by national regulatory agencies (market-assess) in different regions, on behalf of several multinational companies. Before joining knoell in 2013, José worked for Bayer Environmental Sciences as Global Regulator Manager and the German Authority for Analytical Methods and Testing (BAM). José holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from the Humboldt University Berlin and a Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Animal Immunology) from University of Porto, Portugal.

  • Dr. Wendelyn Jones

    Director Global Policy and Scientific Affairs DuPont Crop Protection

    Dr. Wendelyn Jones has over 15 years of experience in Global Regulatory and Product Stewardship.  She has worked as a regulator for the US Government, for a trade association, and for agribusinesses.  Currently, she leads the Global Stewardship and Sustainability Team at DuPont Crop Protection. Prior to that she served as the Director of Global Registration and Regulatory Affairs at DuPont Pioneer.   Her experience has spanned a range of agricultural technologies and sectors, and she has personally registered products in every region of the world.  Wendelyn has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and completed post-doctoral  studies at MIT. 

  • Robert Kennedy, PhD.

    Chief Scientific Officer Vestaron

    With over 25 years of research management experience, Bob leads Vestaron’s molecular biology and chemistry development teams. Management positions in Fortune 500 companies (Pfizer), academic appointments (Columbia, Michigan) and start-ups add to the leadership and technical experience he brings to Vestaron’s Research and Development success.

  • Dr. Paul Reibach

    Technical Director Chemistry Smithers Viscient

    Dr. Reibach is currently the Technical Director for Chemistry at Smithers Viscient in Wareham MA where he is responsible for developing new technologies for conducting a broad range of regulated analytical chemistry studies and identifying new business opportunities to leverage Smithers current capabilities. He received a BA in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University. Prior positions have included Rohm and Haas Research Laboratories, Cerexagri Inc., the Ag Division of Arkema Chemical Company, and JRF America. At Smithers Viscient the chemistry department conducts analytical chemistry research in support of global pharmaceutical, pesticide, and specialty chemical registrations. Prior areas of expertise include plant metabolism, animal metabolism, soil metabolism and environmental fate studies such as degradation in aquatic systems, aqueous photolysis, and soil photolysis. He has developed numerous residue analytical methods which have been utilized for trace level analysis of soils, crops, and animal tissues. He has conducted pesticide field dissipation studies, groundwater monitoring studies, and the field and analytical component of crop magnitude of residue trials. Dr. Reibach has issued over 200 technical reports and publications that have been submitted to various regulatory agencies worldwide. He has a passion for STEM education and has been involved in teacher training and development for the past 25 years.